L to R Lien Barboza, Gouri Sandananda, Kingsley Mathew
Five W.T.Clarke Musicians Win Certificates of Appreciation from St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Carle Place
April 24, 2012
Laura Carrington Barboza , St. Mary’s Episcopal Church’s Director of Youth Education is not only an inspirational Sunday School director, she’s become an excellent talent scout as well. When she heard that there were music students at nearby W.T. Clarke High School who might like to perform before a live audience she had her daughter Lien Barboza invite them to play during St. Mary’s 10 o’clock communion services and the receptions held immediately following in the church’s Parish Hall.
At separate services flautists Anna Cronin, Gouri Sandananda and Maggie Cotter each delighted the assembled worshipers with beautiful solo classical music performances. At yet another service, vocalists Samantha Bishop and Carly Sheehan filled the church and hall with hymns and selections from broadway shows. One of the parishioners said, ” St. Mary’s was visited by angels today.” The musicians were accompanied by St. Mary’s Music Director Kingsley Matthew who is an accomplished performer on the organ and piano.
The congregation showed their appreciation by giving each musician a Certificate of appreciation and a bouquet as well enthusiastic applause for their entraining performances.
W.T. Clark has a reputation for excellence. The school has been acclaimed for its music department and its 2003 win of the Statewide High School “Mock Trial Tournament.” Its athletes have won numerous Nassau County and Long Island Championships. The Vanguard,” Clarke’s award winning school newspaper, was recently cited as being the Most Outstanding Newspaper on all of Long Island, winning again at the 2010 Adelphi Press Day Awards Ceremony.
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, described as “the little church with the big heart,” is a Carle Place Landmark. Located at the corners of Rushmore and Glen Cove Avenues, since 1926 worshipers of all denominations have called it their spiritual home. When asked about his reaction to the “musicians program,” Priest in Charge, The Reverend Gerardo Ramirez said, ” We are delighted to be instrumental in showing the significance of good music in worship, and hope that by encouraging these wonderful young artists to perform before our parishioners they will take with them a memory that will give shape and dimension to their budding careers.”